iStat Menus is a paid app

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by maflynn, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #1
    Ok, so I guess I'm spoiled, but I was surprised to see iStat menus is now a paid app. So if I update, I'll have to buy it.

    Its a nice app, but I'm not sure if its needed, even if its only 10 bucks.

    Anyone else care to chime in on this?

    Don't get me wrong, if I like an application, I'll buy it. I've purchased delta walker (compare utility) and will be upgrading my transmit to version 4.

    Its just this type of eye candy - is it worth 10 bucks (that's the discounted price, it will go up)
     
  2. lewis82 macrumors 68000

    lewis82

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2009
    Location:
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    #2
    I'm just keeping the 2.0 version.

    If they keep sending me this pop-up tellling me that version 3.0 is out, I uninstall. Simple.

    I don't mind paying for software, but aren't there any alternatives to this?
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

    jav6454

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2007
    Location:
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    #3
    Yeah, not worth it, which is why I'm not upgrading... like some one else, it's more of a eye candy.
     
  4. steveoc macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2007
    Location:
    Adirondacks NY
    #4
  5. cderalow macrumors 6502

    cderalow

    #5
    I've got the istat widget for the dashboard, the menus option, as well as istat server & istat for iPhone.

    its nice to know what's going on sometimes.
     
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6

    -aggie-

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Location:
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    #6
    Just don't update. I have it, but haven't got around to doing anything with it, since like it was said, it's only eye candy.
     
  7. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2007
    Location:
    London, UK
  8. lewis82 macrumors 68000

    lewis82

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2009
    Location:
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    #8
    And it keeps popping up.

    I'll try deleting the iStat updater app.

    If something bugs I'll put it back from my Time Machine Backup. Let's see how it goes.
     
  9. lewis82 macrumors 68000

    lewis82

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2009
    Location:
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
  10. dru` macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2004
    Location:
    USA
    #10
    Not updating other. What are they thinking going paid after all this time? :confused:
     
  11. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

    nuckinfutz

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2002
    Location:
    Middle Earth
    #11
    They're thinking that they got bills to pay and food to put in their mouths. You guys got some years in at freeloading...enjoy the bone they gave you.
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    Location:
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    #12
    Hah, I'm still using version 1.3. I probably had Little Snitch block the updater :p
     
  13. mac8867 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Location:
    Saint Augustine, FL
    #13
    I love my iStat Menus. I happily put up the $10 bucks. It won't put me in the poor house, and it keeps them in business...

    If you have been freeloading -- and I mean, never donated then shame on you!
     
  14. Alvi macrumors 65816

    Alvi

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Location:
    Mars
    #14
    I think it's worth the 10 bucks, i spent so much money on 10$ bucks apps i don't even use anymore for the iPhone and iStat is a really great app i always use to check the temperature and network load i feel it's a bit assy that they won't let us alone with V2, i don't feel like V3 is a HUGE improvement, and i would be more exited to pay 10 bucks for a great improvement than for what they give me, we're paying a premium from v2, however v3 isn't a premium version
     
  15. Thrash911 macrumors 6502

    Thrash911

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2006
    Location:
    Randers, DK
    #15
    I also took it. I find it very useful. I really like keeping an eye on temps, CPU load, network activity.. It's stable and high quality software! Why not just pay the 10 bucks. I think it's deserved. Well, that is my oppinion. :)

    PS. Though.. I wouldn't have hated it if they warned the users a little ealier, that it would be a paid app.. But maybe that is bad for business, somehow.. :rolleyes:
     
  16. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2005
    #16
    I'm on v2.0 on my machines. It's the first thing loaded on every machine I own. I've donated, just once but $20. It represented $5 for every machine it was on. I don't frown on them deciding to go paid after all this time. Unfortunately developers ask for donations in hopes that people who find their app useful will donate, even $5.00. Unfortunately, that is just not the case.

    As for the popup, I'm not getting any such popup but I will pony up $10 per machine to get rid of it. There is an alternative that I linked someone before, the thread is here. Seems the answer is atMonitor and it's on Apple's site. It also mintors GPU usage. I don't think it's as polished as iStats but if you all don't want to pay then this is it.
     
  17. mac8867 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Location:
    Saint Augustine, FL
    #17
    They offer a family license of $18 for 5 machines.
     
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2005
    #18
    Really? That is a great deal! $18 it is then and thanks for the heads up. On 2.0 as I said and not getting pop ups, as I also said. But when I go to check out what the upgrade is all about (was it improved or was the upgrade just to get people to pay) then $18 is a very fair amount in my book.
     
  19. fluxforge macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2010
    Location:
    europe
    #19
    mmh - maybe they think that unpaid work is for suckers?

    It's not that they want to rip you off. It's probably that their costs to maintain this app are just too high.

    I can only speak for myself but one of my biggest costs is support. People ask me all the time to add stuff to my freeware app or to get a custom version. (Which has to be tested then, etc.)

    If this continues at this rate I will have to go paid. Not to get rich but to keep the costs for this app at ~0. I'm working as a consultant/free lancer to make my living and every minute spent on supporting the free app is a minute I am not making money from my other work.

    Yeah that might sound evil to you and less people are going to use the app if it's paid but if I am losing money on the app then I don't care.
     
  20. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Location:
    NYC
    #20
    I bought the $18 family pack. I enjoy the convenience of viewing stats easily, and I never donated before; when I do it's usually $20, so this is about right for me. A good solution for what I need and I was willing to pay for it.

    I did hear many people gets pop-ups about upgrading—well disable autocheck for updates.
     
  21. johnhw macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2009
    #21
    With $10, I think adding similar functionality isn't worth it, but iStat itself is worth the price.
     
  22. cb31 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2005
    #22
    They can poke it as far as I'm concerned. I've always used it and donated $5 a long time ago and found it very useful. Unfortunately when I got my new 21.5 imac the network stats stopped working. Apparently Apple changed the way things worked for all new macs.

    They've been stringing along all their affected customers for the last 5-6 months saying they are busy and the fix is just around the corner. Now they have fixed it and want $10!

    I'm not giving my money, however small the cost, to a company with that level of customer service. Shame as the software is great when it works.
     
  23. Domanic macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2008
    Location:
    Sussex, UK
    #23
    I bought it straight away, I've always thought it was worth £8~.
     
  24. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    Location:
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    #24
    Er, what? What level of customer service should you expect when their product is free?
     
  25. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2005
    #25
    The app was free, how could you possibly gripe about that? Now that it's paid they're offering the fixes that you need. $10 for a single license and $18 for a family pack is a very generous price on their part. They could have easily charged more for this and they're not. It's a numbers game for them. Small price big numbers. Stick with your non-functional iStat version if that's what you want. I for one know that I never had an issue with the app and the second Snow Leopard was released it was only a matter of days when the previously free app was updated to run on SL.
     

Share This Page